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Memorial service held for IS victim Steven Sotloff

Nearly 1,000 mourners including relatives, friends and politicians, have attended a memorial service in Florida for US journalist Steven Sotloff, who was killed by IS militants.

The Islamic State released a video on Tuesday showing the murder of Mr Sotloff.

He is the second American journalist to be beheaded in two weeks over the group's confrontation with the US over air strikes in Iraq and its foreign policy.

Footage of James Foley being beheaded on August 19 shocked the world.

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Parents of 'bedroom radical' plead for her return

The parents of a "bedroom radical" who travelled to Syria from Scotland and married an Islamist militant have pleaded for her to return home.

Aqsa Mahmood (left) at a family wedding Credit: Family handout/Aamer Anwar & Co Solicitors/PA Wire

Aqsa Mahmood, 20, left her Glasgow home in November before travelling through Turkey to Aleppo in Syria.

We still love you, Aqsa, but we now have to put your family, your brother and sisters first as you have betrayed us, our community and the people of Scotland when you took this step.

You have torn the heart out of our family and changed our lives forever. Please come home.

– Mahmood family statement

They said that Aqsa "had all the chances and freedom in life" and warned that if she could become radicalised online "it is possible for this to happen to any family".

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